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8 Practices for good sleep | Majesty Silk

8 practices for good sleep.

If I don’t get good sleep, I cannot function. No amount of coffee will allow me to function. Through this dilemma, I have found 8 practices that help me sleep…soundly! 8 practices for better more restful sleep. 8 practices for good sleep. 8 practices for good sleep. 8 practices for better more restful sleep. 8 practices for good sleep.

8 practices for better more restful sleep.

8 practices for good sleep.
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I am the queen of no sleep or restless sleep. Anxiety and a creative mind get the best of me. I have a hard time shutting my mind off to be able to fall asleep at a good time. I seriously get my best work done at night, but that’s not feasible for a normal life. I have found eight things that have helped me fall asleep faster as well as sleep better. 
First, I use Melatonin on the nights I am having a hard time turning my mind off. I use 2 mg of THIS product. Trial and error is the key, I cannot take more than 2 mg otherwise, I will not wake up on time. Start with small doses and build from there. 
Second, try and stretch. Thank you to my high school yoga classes, I will stretch before bed if I am having a hard day. This is a combination of downward facing dog pose, child’s pose, cat pose, and cobra pose. 
Third, I try and drink a good amount of water through my day. I try and not down all my water intake at the second half of my day because then I wake up needing to go to the bathroom at night. I drink about 120 oz of water, which is about 5 of my venti cups from Starbucks.
Fourth, I try and put my hair in a scrunchy bun on my head. This is not a tight bun but very loose to not cause a headache. This helps me to relax my shoulders and neck when I am going to sleep. Also, if you have long hair, sleeping with your hubby can be a hazard from him rolling on top of your hair!
Fifth, take a 15 min wind down before you lay down. For me, this is when I do my devotions or put a face mask. It’s the time to start your brain to wind down. PS a great time to take melatonin.
Sixth, set an alarm. If you don’t have something to do the next day or have an early day, still set an alarm. This is going to keep you from sleeping in too much and not having motivation to get out of your bed in the morning. I set 2 alarms about 30 min apart. The first stirs me out of my deep sleep, the second actually gets me out of bed for my coffee. 
Seventh, find your rythm. It takes time and trial and error for different phases in your life. Currently, I enjoy a cup of chamomile tea before I sleep. A year ago, this didn’t help me. Find your rhythm and stick with it. Consistency helps your body relax and recharge. 
Finally, sleep on silk. I am talking about a luxurious pillow case. This is more than to just feel like royalty. Sleeping on silk helps reduce wrinkles, acne, frizz in your hair, and a cleaner smell for your pillow. I am loving my Majesty Silk pillowcase, these are such a great deal! I have tried a couple that don’t compare to these. Plus, can you say no to blush pink?! Jason doesn’t try to steal this pillow from me so that’s a win!

Please try these tips to help you sleep, sleep is important for complete body health!


 

Athleisure Health and Fitness

5 Steps to pull off Athleisure Style.

5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest.

Being casual and cute looks effortless but is intentional. I am going to go through 5 Athleisure pieces and talk about how to style them intentionally for this type of look!

5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest. 5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest. 5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest. 5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest.5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest.

5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest.
5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest.
5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest.
5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest.

5 steps to pull off the athleisure style. This one includes the best blush double hooded sweatshirt, moto leggings, nikes, and vest.

SWEATSHIRT (on sale w/ code ‘love15’ for 15% off) | VEST | LEGGINGS | NIKES | BEANIE (similar)

What in the world does Athleisure even mean? Well, simply put, it’s athletic or sporty styled clothing worn casually outside of the gym. I have just started wearing Athleisure and have been loving it! My hubby loves it too since I tend to be overdressed no matter where I am going, having a more casual style is a good balance I needed. He even said, someday when we are blessed with kids I will have the cute mom look down already. I took it as the BEST compliment. 

Where do you even start with trying this style out? It is very different than throwing on your leggings and workout tee as you head to the gym. It’s an intentional style. 

5 piece Athleisure Outfit

SHOES: Comfort is key on this one. Tennis shoes are the perfect option. I also wear my white converse with these looks. I LOVE these, I got them for Christmas and I can’t stop wearing them. I also have been eyeing these because of the color and the price point.

LEGGINGS: My favorite Athleisure look includes leggings. They are SO comfortable and easy to wear. I have been wearing THESE As well for a different look. I can go from running errands to playing with my niece and nephews with ease because multifunctionality is so important. I also wear these looks with skinny jeans and cuff them at the bottom. As silly as it sounds, it’s a more dressed up version!

SWEATER/SWEATSHIRT: I have worn this ensemble with THIS sweater as well (only $13!). Anything that is comfortable and slightly oversized will work perfectly. PS you need one of these double hooded sweatshirts. I live in both of mine: I have had one for 3 years and it still looks brand new. You can also wear crew neck sweatshirts or baggy t-shirts when the weather gets warmer.

VEST/JACKET: I have worn this look with my green utility vest, green utility jacket, windbreaker, and especially this puffer vest. Anything to add a cute and sporty edge to the outfit! 

HAT/HAIRSTYLE: I love to wear hats with my Athleisure looks. A beanie, baseball hat, you name it. This one, in particular, is from…Dollar Tree! It was the perfect blush color, I couldn’t help but buy it with all my candy as I was headed to the movies a few weeks ago. If I don’t wear a hat: I will wear my hair straight, in a messy bun, or a ponytail. This is to be sure your look isn’t too dressed up. I will wear my hair curly when wearing a hat because the hat gives it a more casual look.

Don’t be intimidated by the Athleisure style, be intentional! I am going to be sharing more of these styles since they are a part of my weekly looks!

An easy 5 piece plan for a successful athleisure look featuring this blush pink sweatshirt, leggings, nike shoes, and vest.

Health and Fitness

Must Have Items for Your Gym Bag | on the go.

My must have items for your gym bag for a healthier you.

I have recently narrowed down the necessary items for my gym bag. One of these items you may not suspect to be in here but I have loved the change!  

When I first starting going to the gym, I had a lot of free time. Now that life has gotten busy, I have had to streamline my habits so that I can get the most benefit in the least amount of time. For example: bringing my gym bag into work so I can change after I get off and head straight to the gym. Anything I can do while multitasking is a huge help.

Taking my health more seriously this year has been a whirlwind. I have tried to figure out what I need to do to help the outside and the inside. It takes time to analyze what you need to help your body function. To help my body function better and my time at the gym the most beneficial I have narrowed my list to these 6 simple items.

What’s in my gym bag:

A water bottle: Water is so important before, during, and after a workout. I like to have a cute water bottle to make me excited to drink my water. Silly but effective.

Protein: I ALWAYS have a blender bottle and protein ready to go after my workout to refuel my body and allow it to recover in the most effective way. 

Hat: Sometimes when you leave the gym, your hair is not so cute. Sometimes you walk into the gym and your hair is not so cute to begin with, on goes that hat. 

Facial Spray: I have a natural tea tree oil spray for my face after I workout. This kills any of the bacteria that is on there from sweating and touching the equipment. 

Gum: After a workout and a protein shake, I need a good flavor in my mouth. Gum is the easiest way!

Supplements: I have added some supplements to my routine that have helped with my sleep, digestion, and overall balance. Among these supplements have been THIS probiotic. It disintegrates in your mouth and can be taken anytime during the day. I have these in my gym bag because I forget to take them in the morning. The Olly Nutrition Quick Melt probiotic stick helps with balancing your digestion, clearer skin, and adding needed nutrients to have balance. THIS probiotic has 10 billion live cultures to help you get healthier. Best part: it has no added sugars, no artificial colors, and are also vegan!

Be sure to get your sample HERE!